- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
- Series: AWARDS: William Allen White 2012, Grades 4-8
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316029556
- ISBN-13: 978-0316029551
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,161,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confetti Girl Hardcover – June 1, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8–Lina attends middle school in Corpus Cristi, TX, has a crush on classmate Luís, loves science and sports, and has a sock obsession as a result of her pants never being long enough for her tall body. Her best friend, Vanessa Cantu, lives across the street with her mother, who is still bitter about a divorce that happened a few years earlier. Lina's mother died last year, and her father is still grieving but struggling to live up to his responsibilities. Dichos, Spanish sayings or proverbs, are translated at the top of every chapter. Spanish phrases are sprinkled throughout the text, reflecting Lina's bilingual community. The budding romance, and typical middle school events such as detention, lunchroom disasters, and reports, keep things moving. Lina is essentially a sunny, happy child and her sadness and anger are more blips on the radar than real angst. A subplot about Luís's stuttering seems extraneous. Quite typical in characters, plot, and style, this story is most notable for its casual introduction to Spanish language and culture, overtly accessible to all.–Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library
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"Employing lovely metaphors and realistic dialogue, adult author López (Sofia's Saints) delicately displays the power of optimism and innovation during difficult times."―Publishers Weekly
"An appealing coming-of-age novel...Local idioms of Spanish proverbs -- dichos -- used as chapter headings enlighten both characters and readers."―Kirkus Reviews
"López effectively portrays the Texas setting and the characters' Latino heritage....This debut novel puts at its center a likable girl facing realistic problems on her own terms."―Booklist
"Like the colorful cascarones López writes about, Confetti Girl is bursting with heartwarming cheer."―Grace Lin, author of The Year of the Dog
"A great set of characters and a fantastic story: the dichos, sayings or adages meant to shed some light on a situation, to teach a lesson, to encourage wisdom. If that's the case, then here's mine for this wonderful novel: Un libro sin abrir es una vida sin sabor (A book unread is a life unlived). So, live this book. Live its humor, its sadness, and ultimately its great joy."―René Saldaña, Jr., author of The Whole Sky Full of Stars, Finding Our Way, and The Jumping Tree
"Although Confetti Girl takes on a serious subject matter, it's also about fun, a whole semester's worth, which includes confrontations with the school's most popular boy, a school festival, volleyball, friendship, boy craziness, a quinceañera and trips to the beach - and the counselor's office."―San Antonio Express-News
"López weaves Lina's bilingual and bicultural upbringing into the narrative seamlessly, giving young Latina readers an added element to connect with."―El Paso Times
"Like a cascaron, Lina's life is full of colorful people and events, and you will want to read about every single one of them in this witty, honest novel."―Kid Reporter Claire Epting, TIME for Kids , "Summer Splash" 2009
Top Customer Reviews
Meet Apolonia (Lina) and her crazy sock collection. She sees herself as overly tall and gawky with skinny legs, an interest in science, and a sometimes annoying directness. Lina lives with her father, a high school English teacher. Several years earlier her mother died after she fell and cut her leg. The cut was not really serious, but the blood infection that followed was.
Life has been difficult, but Lina has her best friend, Vanessa, as support. In fact, they have supported each other since Lina's mother died and Vanessa's mother went through a nasty divorce. They have weathered the events fairly well, and now are hoping that their parents can begin to adjust and live more normal lives.
Mixed in with these personal tragedies are several other plot twists. Lina's grade in English is plummeting so she finds herself ineligible for sports, the one area where she shines. Vanessa has been acting strange anytime she is around Carlos. Lina has even caught them kissing. She knows part of her anger about this is due to jealousy, since she has liked a boy named Luis for quite some time, but their relationship doesn't seem to be progressing to the same level.
Author Diana Lopez is spot-on with her descriptions of budding middle school romance, merciless teasing, and parent/child misunderstandings. Young readers will find much to like about CONFETTI GIRL, including the added bonus of the Latino words of wisdom that begin each chapter and the Hispanic customs scattered throughout the story.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
Lina's very best friend, Vanessa, lives just across the street. Their relationship has gotten a bit more complicated lately. Lina doesn't care that Vanessa is gorgeous and she is not. But she does mind that Vanessa does everything first, and when Vanessa's relationship with her first boyfriend progresses rapidly, Lina is not always thrilled with her own standing in Vanessa's life.
Speaking of boyfriends, Lina has a love interest, too. The very nice Luis reciprocates her fascination with him. Luis is cute and smart. His stutter (usually) doesn't distract Lina one bit from his tremendous potential.
Vanessa's mother is another in a cast of well-drawn characters. Ms. Cantu's bitterness about her husband leaving her has manifested itself in a constant marathon of cascarone making. One of the many pleasures of CONFETTI GIRL is a plentiful array of fascinating bits about Lina's culture, and we learn that cascarones are decorated empty eggshells filled with confetti. Although most people make them for Easter, Ms. Cantu makes heaps of them year-round.Read more ›
"The book, `The Confetti Girl', by Diana Lopez is as colorful as the cascarones Lopez writes about.
"Apolonia `Lina' Flores is best friend to boy-crazy Vanessa; a science lover (although her dad thinks she likes English just because he does); a sock enthusiast; daughter of a widower and in love with Luis, a stuttering, cute, funny, smart boy who is very good at singing. Like cascarones, hollowed eggshells filled with a bright rainbow of confetti, Lina is many different colors in an eggshell. The book was very interesting in showing how Lina's life goes up and down through all her teenage troubles.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rated Confetti Girl 21/24 because the characters seemed realistic and it was an awesome book that caught my attention. The setting was believable and good. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was amazing .the best .it talks about caring loving father and daughter live lost their mother and wife .talks about honesty respect. it is amazing . Read morePublished 16 months ago by sapna
I liked how it was about a girl my age not some older girl who has problems with her lifePublished 23 months ago by Morgan
In Confetti Girl, LÃ³pez masterfully blends serious middle school issues, like friendships and first kisses, with the even more serious issues middle schoolers face, such as the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Latinxs in Kid Lit
This book rocks it a amazing book (my favorite book ever) you should read it some time PLEASE DO I BEGPublished on November 30, 2014 by walt erickson
My granddaughter lost HER mother, so the main character in this story rings true. Not mauldlin at all; don't miss this one.Published on October 3, 2014 by MDGRAMMY99``
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